Happy Hallows’ Eve/October!
I’m actually not a huge fan of Hallowe’en … after working in Emergency for years and seeing what comes in during that one night of the year (read: Burns), I definitely lost my taste for the ‘fun’ night.
But I digress – I wanted to share this as a kick start to the Deep Fall! I hope it is a spooky and pumpkin patch filled month for you!
This spin had been in my fibre stash most of the summer, begging to be spun. I was able to make two samples: a Navajo-plied and traditional 2-ply. Neither really spoke to me. The Navajo-plied sample actually had some Sweet Georgia Yarns’ Superwash Merino mixed into it as this was my original plan for this top. I like the results but … I really don’t know why I didn’t continue with that original plan. I just plain didn’t feel like it. The second sample, which was the traditional 2-ply, was horrible. I didn’t like it one bit (although looking at the sample again while I was photographing it has me re-thinking but I think this top shines as singles).
The rest of the top sat after that, calling to me from my bookshelf, We want to be singles … You can do it … We promise … Just spin us into singles … and so on. Creepy, right? But I swear it was calling to me.
Finally, in early September, I took a deep breath and very quickly (WOW! Singles spin up quickly!) spun up the rest of the braid! I held a piece of fingering weight yarn on my palm while spinning to check the thickness every so often but I have to admit, I found it difficult to keep the singles perfectly uniform. There is a lot of fluctuation in these from thick to thin. For my first attempt at singles, however, I am really happy. And it screams Hallowe’en!
Finished Specs: 446 metres/110g [488 yards/4oz]
Weight: Fingering/light sport, 15-18WPI
Structure: Singles, Z-twist direction
Next, what to do with it?! I usually don’t wind yarn immediately and knit with it. I tend to admire it in it’s skeined form for a while (I have a large glass vase from IKEA that I place all of my handspun in until it calls to me what it would like to be knit into … I should take a picture of that one day …). But I rushed to finish this because we were going camping and would be driving some 2000km. I really wanted to take this project so I cast on immediately for another shawl.
I have no idea what has gotten into me with all these shawls lately. The big question is … Will I wear them?! Time will tell!
Needles: 5.5mm Addi Lace circulars
These are my modifications to Boneyard:
- Edge increases were worked every row
- Three garter ridges were knit, rather than 1
- 9 rows of St st were knit between garter ‘sections’
Overall, I am really happy with how this turned out. I was worried it wouldn’t be big enough for the drapey and oversized shawls I like to wear but I think it actually turned out perfectly. I definitely wouldn’t want it any smaller!
Any plans for Halloween? Kids to take trick or treating? Costume parties? What is your favourite part of Deep Fall?
My favourite parts of the Deep Fall are the Pumpkin Spice Lattes and changing colours of the leaves before they actually start to fall.
Happy Spinning & Knitting :)